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The Gene: An Intimate History [9780099584575]

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This is the story of one of the most beautiful and dangerous ideas in human history. It is the story of ourselves and of our future.

It is a story that begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. It is driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds.

And woven through it is also an intimate history - of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene is the story of a scientific idea coming to life - and a vision of both humanity's past and its future.

'Prodigious, sweeping, and ultimately transcendent. If you're interested in what it means to be human, today and in the tomorrows to come, you must read this book' - Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See

'He is the perfect person to guide us through the past, present and future of genome science... He is also a beautiful storyteller' - Bill Gates

AUTHOR: Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher, a stem cell biologist and a cancer geneticist. He is the author of The Laws of Medicine and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction and the Guardian First Book Award. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. His laboratory has identified genes that regulate stem cells, and his team is internationally recognized for its discovery of skeletal stem cells and genetic alterations in blood cancers. He has published work in Nature, Cell, Neuron, The New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times and several other magazine and journals. He lives with his family in New York City.
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